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06 May: Tair Kaminer starts her fifth spell in gaol. Send messages of support via Reuven Kaminer

04 May: Against the resort to denigration of Israel’s critics


23 Dec: JfJfP policy statement on BDS

14 Nov: Letter to the Guardian about the Board of Deputies

11 Nov: UK ban on visiting Palestinian mental health workers

20 Oct: letter in the Guardian

13 Sep: Rosh Hashanah greetings

21 Aug: JfJfP on Jeremy Corbyn

29 July: Letter to Evening Standard about its shoddy reporting

24 April: Letter to FIFA about Israeli football

15 April: Letter re Ed Miliband and Israel

11 Jan: Letter to the Guardian in response to Jonathan Freedland on Charlie Hebdo


15 Dec: Chanukah: Celebrating the miracle of holy oil not military power

1 Dec: Executive statement on bill to make Israel the nation state of the Jewish people

25 Nov: Submission to All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism

7 Sept: JfJfP Executive statement on Antisemitism

3 Aug: Urgent disclaimer

19 June Statement on the three kidnapped teenagers

25 April: Exec statement on Yarmouk

28 Mar: EJJP letter in support of Dutch pension fund PGGM's decision to divest from Israeli banks

24 Jan: Support for Riba resolution

16 Jan: EJJP lobbies EU in support of the EU Commission Guidelines, Aug 2013–Jan 2014


29 November: JfJfP, with many others, signs a "UK must protest at Bedouin expulsion" letter

November: Press release, letter to the Times and advert in the Independent on the Prawer Plan

September: Briefing note and leaflet on the Prawer Plan

September: JfJfP/EJJP on the EU guidelines with regard to Israel

14th June: JfJfP joins other organisations in protest to BBC

2nd June: A light unto nations? - a leaflet for distribution at the "Closer to Israel" rally in London

24 Jan: Letter re the 1923 San Remo convention

18 Jan: In Support of Bab al-Shams

17 Jan: Letter to Camden New Journal about Veolia

11 Jan: JfJfP supports public letter to President Obama

Comments in 2012 and 2011




October 22, place, time, agenda, speakers

Gabbay’s Labour leaps to right

The aims of Israel’s Labour party, as enunciated by chief Avi Gabbay, are indistinguishable from those of most settlers – knowing the settlements pose one of the biggest obstacles to a peace deal. Both the JLM and Labour Friends of Israel want to strengthen their fraternal bonds with this peace-averse party.

Netanyahu praises far right in Austria

Austria never engaged in the soul-searching and payment of reparations as its neighbour, then West Germany, had done. It has a large body of right-wing anti-semites in its electorate and even more anti-Islamites. Both the conservative OVP and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPÖ) have said they will work with the far-right FPÖ. PM Netanyahu – anxious for E.European support in the EU – ignored pleas from the Jewish community when he phoned Mr Kurtz, coalition partner with the FPÖ, to congratulate him.

What attracted 1930s Zionists to fascism

Characteristics of 1930s/40s fascism were to “glorify physical strength”, cultivate “the will to power” and to worship the nation-state. These appealed to some Zionists wanting to make the new Jew. The values of the Zionist right – primary purpose to build the Jewish state – are also uncomfortably like the Nazis’. RIchard Silverstein recommends a book on those who were attracted to fascism and willing to do deals with Nazis for their security. Silverstein points out some of the facts in the book were known to Labour party members. Those who wanted to raise it in discussion were expelled.

Wariness and hope greet Hamas-Fatah reconciliation

The Hamas-Fatah reconciliation is, if it follows through, a momentous change for Palestinians. For once, the interests of the people appear to have been recognised – if only because the two factions have left themselves with nowhere else to go. But reports of the PLO trying to assert its superior status show sectarian conflicts have not disappeared. Jonathan Cook lists the obstacles.

NIBS-Antisemitism and Struggle for Justice

Plus Peace Now protest tour in Hebron, Britain’s broken promise, time for a new aproach (meeting)IJV film on Balfour legacy, Women Wage Peace march, Fathom special issue on Balfour, Updates on Hamas Fatah reconciliation talks, National march November 4th

Ban on movement is foundation of control

The ‘Jim Crow’ laws of America’s southern states were the local rules which enforced racial segregation despite the 1864 13th amendment abolishing slavery. Israel’s Proclamation of Independence declared the new state “will uphold the full social and political equality of all its citizens without distinction of race, creed or sex”. As Amira Hass argues Palestinians have no freedom of movement due to innumerable control orders. No freedom of movement means no freedom of association. Jews can go where they want, when they want, with whom they want.

A calamitous British blunder

Ian Black does a formidable job of lucidly condensing 100 years of history into a newspaper essay. With the privilege of hindsight we can see that the Balfour declaration was one of the last loud gasps of empire. The attempt to govern Palestine, 1922-47, was “a colossal blunder” and the beginning of the end for Britain as a world power. But it’s hard for British politicians to close that chapter honourably.

New settlements propel Israeli gov’t away from peace

Bit by bit, dunam by dunam, Israelis are eating up Palestine land, confident that no force is going to stop them or make them evacuate the stolen land. Ma’an news on the latest building spree – 2615 more homes for Jews only in Palestine. Comment by Peace Now.

The ambassador who steals land

David Friedman was known in Palestine before Trump appointed him as ambassador to Israel. He and his parents have long acted as protector and funder of the Beit El settlement – built on land owned by Palestinians. They treat it as their personal domain, for which they have expansive plans.

Protests as Israeli ambassador interferes to censor free speech

Students at Manchester University booked Marika Sherwood, distinguished Hungarian historian and Holocaust survivor, to speak as part of Israeli Apartheid Week organised by the BDS campaign group. Then Mark Regev surfaced in Manchester to inform the president/VC this was antisemitic. Panic – and measured letters to the press warning that this misuse of ‘antisemitism’ is harmful to Jews.

Israel and USA walk out of UNESCO – but not hand-in-hand

Few are surprised that Pres. Trump has elected to take the USA out of UNESCO. It can take care of its own world heritage sites, like removing statues of General Lee. PM Netanyahu’s decision is no surprise either – he’s been railing against UNESCO for years. For both men UNESCO’s treatment of Palestine as a country with a heritage is out of order.

Bibi fights corruption charges with alarms about Hamas, Hezbollah

Israel’s prime minister has just discovered that the country is facing new and terrible threats from Hamas and Hezbollah. What’s his evidence? Intuition, confidence in Pres. Trump’s backing and his sense that now is the time to play the security card which has served him so well before. Uri Savir looks at the players on the board.

This week’s


This week, 9th-15th October 2017, there has been one dominant event affecting all Palestinians and those who care about them: the long-heralded rapprochement – reconciliation as it’s called – between Hamas and Gaza. Despite many such beginnings, all petering out, this one got to the public signing of the accord. President Sisi has a big […]

A woman on the margins


It was news to me, postings editor, that JfJfP was set up by feminists but when you think how many Jewish women were at the forefront of women’s liberation and how many women maintained the links made then it’s not surprising. Miki David, founding signatory, describes how JfJfP became a home for her. To have read the unedited interview you would have needed a map and a history book so widely did her family move about, encompassing many violent events.

Signed, sealed but can it be delivered?

Long anticipated – but never with complete confidence, a reconciliation agreement was signed on Oct. 12th. What the substance of this will be we don’t know – other than Hamas is refusing to give up its weapons and al-Sisi won’t want to have invested so much in a failure. The current mood is buoyant, especially in Gaza.

The iterations of the “Balfour Declaration”

The exhibit presented here was part of Judy Price’s show, Still, an exhibition of work she had made around Palestine over the last 10 years. It was shown at the Mosaic Rooms earlier this year.

84 words that killed Palestinian aspiration

What did Weizmann offer the British in 1917 in return for their ‘favour’ towards a Jewish home in Palestine? After the 1947-8 war the commitment ‘nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities’ was dead. Ramzy Baroud says the Declaration was ‘equivalent to a decree calling for the annihilation of the Palestinian people’ and yet they survive.

May sees no principle at stake in Balfour ‘celebration’

Machiavellian May knows where the power is and is magnetically drawn to it. Forget the actual Foreign Office concern about Arabs in Palestine. Her concern is the British role in creating powerful Israel as the national home of Jews.

Don’t blame Balfour. It was the wily wizard

This is the report of a 1931 meeting on Palestine and Jews organised by the English Zionist Federation. Lloyd George is the main speaker. It reveals a lot about how the British government regarded its duty (to Arabs and Jews), how Palestine was presented (a wasteland due to Ottoman neglect) and how Zionism was understood (the ideology of ‘the only race to have made a success of Canaan in the last 3000 years’.